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Smuttynose Wheat Wine (Big Beer Series) - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

693 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 693
Reviews: 465
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.76%
Wants: 53
Gots: 53 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Wheatwine |  10.70% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
Smuttynose Wheat Wine Ale is a unique hybridization of two well-known beer styles, combining the rich, voluptuous taste of a traditional barleywine with the subtle, tart flavors of an American wheat ale, topped off with a healthy dose of crisp, herbaceous hops.

2007 - 11.4%
2008 - 10.3%
2009 - 11.4%
2010 - 12.0%

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 04-13-2005)
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Photo of Derek
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%

A: Copper with a light tan head, very little retention but it leaves a nice leg.

S: Bubblegum, cotton-candy & plenty of alcohol in the aroma.

T: Alcohol is really upfront, burnt caramel, piny hops, very bitter & quite boozy. This would probably improve with some cellaring.

M: Well-attenuated, moderate body, off-dry finish.

D: Definitely a sipper. It's big & boozy. I couldn't imagine having a whole bomber when it's this fresh!

Derek, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of Nutleybeer
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Pours with a very mild, foamy head. A dark orange, somewhat cloudy color.

A strong scent, fills your nose with the essence of malt and alcohol. First sip, tingles your tongue a bit. The malt is clearly there, blended with the potent alcohol punch. A thick, syrupy make-up. Hints of sweet sherry-like and brown sugar flavors.

Good, highly drinkable. Might pair well with a dry cheddar. My first sampling of this style. To be honest, if I didn't know it was a "wheat wine" I would have assumed it to be a barleywine. Nice flavor regardless. Strong, yet smooth. Full of flavor.

Nutleybeer, Mar 14, 2009
Photo of allergictomacros
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%

Big aromas jump out of this right off the pour - pineapple, apple and raw malt dominate. Pours out a clear copper/brown with a weak-ish head that drops quickly due to a very low carbonation level. Flavour is big and heavy, with intense sweetness and maltiness as well as a heavy bitter finish. Everything about this beer says big. Surprisingly smooth for such a heavy malty body, with no detectable astringency or coarseness. This beer makes no attempt to mask the big alcoholic presence and lets it mingle freely with the other flavours. Very warming. Overall impression is (again) bigness, although well balanced flavours make it somewhat drinkable.

allergictomacros, Mar 12, 2009
Photo of reiger
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%

22 oz bomber poured into an American Pint

A - Small, thin head that settles quickly. Nice dark brown color with a hint of red.

S - Sharp cherry with some interesting earthy tones.

T - Cherry, earthy wheat, slight hint of citrus at the finish. Honestly, there are other flavors I can't quite identify but whatever they are, they're good.

M - Very clean beer. You catch a slight tingling/burning from the high ABV.

D - Very smooth and drinkable for 10.7%. Towards the bottom it gets heavier but that's not a bad thing. I think one 22 is enough for me.

I had this on tap at the local watering hole a few weeks ago and it blew me away so I had to try the bomber. It's not as heavy bottled as it was on tap, which makes for a smoother drinking experience. Definitely recommended, but not for the faint of heart.

reiger, Mar 07, 2009
Photo of bigkahunas4
3.28/5  rDev -14.6%

One of my fellow beer-loving good friends raves about this beer and its value - so I'm super psyched to try it. Poured from a 12 oz into my oversized snifter. Pours a murky maple syrup body, not much head, but some webby film. Lacing has an average hold. Nose is very full and really inviting. Aromas jump out of the glass a buttery toffee. Also notes of molasses, huge malt (like a cannister just opened for homebrew), some candied spices, as well as some tingling alcohol.

Brew enters the mouth quite creamy, with no big flavors hitting the tip of my tongue. Brew moves to the back of the mouth, bubbling quite nicely on the tongue, and smacking a big whop of alcohol to the back of the mouth. This didn't thrill me. Navigating past the boozyness, I found some toffee and hot caramel. Finish is a bit dry, but pleasant.

I cannot argue that this is a good value, however, it's way too boozy for me. A big ABV sipper with a great nose. Sorry Jay-Bone, just didn't cut it for me.

bigkahunas4, Feb 26, 2009
Photo of Mazeraski
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%

Poured from a 22oz. bomber into an oversized wine glass.

A - Pours a deep ruby and mahogany color with very little head that ends up dissipating rather quickly into the sample.

S - Spicy and piney hops and a fresh wheat characteristic jump at the nose at first followed by hints of caramel and roasted malts. The wheat and sweet malt aspects of the aroma shines through as the brew warms.

T - A thick and rich roasted malt and barley flavor wash over the palate first. This is followed by notes of caramel and burnt sugars, floral and piney hops, notes of alcohol and perhaps the slightest hint of wheat, although I'm not sure if I just expect this aspect to be present or if it actually is present. Overall, a big roasty malt presence that creates a sweet, smooth thick feel on the tongue.

MF - As stated above, quite a nice smooth and thick mouthfeel attributed to the heavy malt backbone. Teetering on the edge of medium to full-bodied with a nice mix of carbonation and alcohol present. Almost chewy in a sense.

D - Taste-wise a very nice malt-bomb with a great combination of flavors. The ABV doesn't exactly lean in favor of this aspect, however, this is to be expected in keeping with the style of this brew.

Notes: Definitely an interesting and relatively complex brew that was quite a pleasure to sample. If you are into malt-heavy brews and looking for something slightly different, this would be one to pick up. Most definitely recommended to try and another great brew from this brewery.

Mazeraski, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of thekevlarkid
3.88/5  rDev +1%

Out of a bomber this brew was a slightly hazy brown/garnet color with some ruby highlights. The one-finger head was khaki-colored, retained as a thin collar and left decent lacing. The aroma was sweet, caramel malt, sweet malt, wheat, alcohol and some butter. The flavors were also punchy and sweet, starting with lots of toffee and caramel it then went into lots of alcohol, notes of nuts and dry wheat with a lightly bitter finish at the end. As it warmed up I tasted more of the musty/cellared malt in the middle but it remained rich and potent throughout. The mouthfeel was average to smooth, the body medium/full and the carbonation on the low side. The alcohol definitely caught up with me as I drank it, not a beer for the faint of heart... but it probably will age very well.

thekevlarkid, Feb 20, 2009
Photo of beachbum1975
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%

Thanks go out to BeerBanditCo for this extra back in Oct-08. Thanks!!! The label states it was bottled conditioned in 2008.

Poured into my 10 oz snifter a brownish copper/amber mix. It started clear, but since settling occurred, I got the bottom of this bomber, the last glass was murky. A light tan head fizzled quickly leaving a permanent foam ring around the edge of my glass.

Nose is BIG with insanely sweet and spicy malts. I also get some phenols in the mix, as well.

Taste is BIG, as the BIG BEER series would imply. Much like the nose with VERY sweet, thick malts and hot alcohol mixing around as I drink. Good carbonation on the mouthfeel - medium to thick in body with a full pounding of flavor. Aftertaste is where I finally get a glimpse of the floral hops presence. There's wheat in this beer? I just get big sweets...

This beer would probably chill out with age. Don't try and drink one of these by yourself (well, its' too big for me to handle 22 ounces in one sitting).

beachbum1975, Feb 18, 2009
Photo of scottoale
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

22oz. brown bomber with Bottle-conditioned in: 2008 2009 notched on the label and a bottling code stamped on the bottom of the bottle that reads: 071 A2 09:30. Poured into a chalice a dark cherry/copper with a finger of beige, short lasting foam. Mild carbonation and good clarity on initial pour.

The initial smell is rich, sweet malt, much like a liquid malt extract. As it warms, some fruitiness, spicy hops and alcohol show through. Nice aroma.

The taste starts with doughy rich malt that's sweet and almost chewy. The alcohol pushes through some fruit flavor and some spice from the hops, that balance things nicely. A grainy wheat finishes things with the alcohol getting the last word in. Overall a malt-bomb type of brew, but I really enjoy the flavor and the punch this brew has to offer. It's very much on the lines of a big English Barleywine...nothin' wrong with that.

Fairly big in body, that's rather chewy in taste, for the size of this brew, it goes down as easy as? Malted milk? I like it and would gladly have it again...cheers.

scottoale, Feb 18, 2009
Photo of ccrida
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%

Bomber poured into my Delirum snifter, the Smuttynose Wheat Wine is a dark, chill-hazed amber with a khaki head that leaves light scattered lace.

Smell is rich malt, alcohol and herbal hops. Served ~55F.

Taste is nice, much smoother and more balanced then I was expecting. Basically a barleywine, I'm not sure I would have called the wheat heavy balance. There's a decent bitterness and noticeable noble hop flavor, with a spicy finish.

Mouthfeel is on the drier side, moderately heavy bodied. Sticky but not too thick.

Drinkability is pretty good, a pretty tasty strong beer that's balanced enough to go down faster then it probably should! Still, the spiciness from the hops and booze are not insignificant, and while the body isn't too heavy, you're not going to easily chug this one. All and all, I'm a little disappointed. Not that it's a bad beer by any stretch, but more in the whole 'wheat wine' category - I just don't get much of a difference, maybe a slightly sour tang from the wheat, but nothing really special.

ccrida, Feb 08, 2009
Photo of mikereaser
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%

A - Pours a chestnut brown with reddish hints, pours with just a little foam

S - Caramel and toffee with a nutty nose

T - caramel and toffee and sweet malt, and alcohol

M/D - The alcohol burn from this one ruins what could
be an interesting beer. I wonder what would happen to this one after some time on it.

mikereaser, Feb 02, 2009
Photo of Richardberg
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%

A: poured from a large bottle into a beer stein. Tons of foam though it didn't last long. Cloudy, ruddy amber in color.

S: honey (orange blossom?), with strong floral notes. Some wheat specific aromas (eg banana ester) are among them.

T: sweet and malty, similar to a barleywine. Not otherwise familiar with this variety. Pleasant, but complexity is kinda overwhelmed by the booze.

M: effervescent and clean. Typical strong ale. ABV helps here, giving it an oily coat.

D: definitely feel the ABV -- not in a bad way. Enjoyed all 22oz but probably wouldn't order a second back-to-back.

Richardberg, Jan 27, 2009
Photo of JayQue
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%

My first Wheatwine. Tastes very much like a Barleywine. Pours a cloudy iced tea color, with a fairly small off white head. Takes a good pour to get a head. Head retention is poor (high abv). Leaves a film on the glass when you tilt it, but no real lacing

Smell is great. Somewhat perfumy, dark fruit, caramel sugar. Tastes very good as well. A rich, slightly sweet barleywine taste: sweet, perfume, dark fruit and caramel with bitterness in the finish. Since I knew this was not a barleywine, I looked for a difference and smoothness is about all I could come up with. Wheat provides a smoothness to other beer styles....there was an unbarleywine like smoothness here as well...no fresh Bigfoot "in your face" experience.

Mouthfeel is rich and smooth. I did not detect the alcohol and the bitterness was there as a balance, not to shrink your head.

Drinkability is good for this level of flavor and abv. Very nice!!!

JayQue, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of TLove
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

A delicious wheat wine, I would recommend this beer to anyone who has not given the wheat wine its due.

Picked up for $6 at Rodman's in DC, I found this beer to be a nice orange/amber color with a light head. Light for a wheat wine, but dark for an ale.

The smell was aromatic, sweet, and malty. Lightly spiced and well-balanced.

The taste was very good, with hints of goji berry, pear, winter wheat, and lightly-roasted hops. A wonderfully malty flavor that balanced well the sweet and the bitter.

The finish was subtle, despite the 11% ABV (why is it that Smuttynose never has the ABV printed on their labels?) and went down very well.

TLove, Jan 20, 2009
Photo of lpayette
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%

Another beer that I can't believe I haven't reviewed yet. This is one where just about every time I see it on a store shelf I pick up 2 or 3 bottles to try to stock up on it.

Appearance- Initial pour has a nice red-brown hue to it and is fairly bright. Subsequent pours from the bomber give it a cloudy appearance from all the yeast at the bottom of the bottle. This one requires a bit of a hard pour to get a hearty head.

Smell- There is a good bit of heat in the smell, but it's not overwhelming. Intertwined in that nostril-opening heat is a very complex composition of seemingily ever-changing fruity alcohol esters. Beneath lies a rock solid malty backbone.

Taste- Is where this beer shines brightest. The balance is definitely on the malty/sweet side of things, yet the finish is deceivingly bitter because of the tremendous amount of sweetness that coats the palate just prior. Wheat characteristics are quite different from your typical wheat beer but some searching reveals those characteristics you'd expect. Some of the other tastes I would liken to brown sugar, orange peel, and raisins.

Mouthfeel- A bit silky especially after some warming up towards room temperature as the carbonation diminishes.

Drinkability/Final Thoughts- Highly drinkably- probably dangerously so at 10.7%. This is probably my favorite wheat wine I've tried to date, and also one of my favorite beers period. I've got plans to try to start aging some as this does seem to mellow out and get better with age.

lpayette, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of Proteus93
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%

A: Red cherry hues blending with a deep amber. A nice pour, though head was a tad short - about a finger tall in a larger snifter. Retention is decent with a bit of string lace

S: Slightly burnt sugar, dark fruit aromas, and a subtle hoppiness adding a citrusy, slightly piney scent. Some hints of sugar cookie, as well.

T: Quite a sweet flavour... the alcohol is certainly noticable but isn't particularly peppery. A surprising bitterness, rather herbal note.

M: Body is a little syrupy for my palate. With the sweetness of the flavour, it starts to come across as a little cloying. Alcohol packs a bit of punch with a fair bit of warming on the way down.

D: One I need to take slowly... between the higher alcohol content and the sheer body of the beer, it's a slow going process. Not too shabby, though not the best of the 'Big Beer Series,' imo.

Proteus93, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of SLeffler27
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%

Immediately upon pouring, a two-inch foamy head blossoms and hangs around for a nice, long while coating the big wine glass with a sea foam lace as the hazy, golden-brown beer is drawn down. A film with legs asserts itself with every sip.

Alcohol fumes are prominent and carry tones of raisin and some perfume, followed by subtle orange peel.

Smuttynose's Wheat Wine is very interesting with a powerful alcohol component and a distinct, fresh wheat bread flavor profile. One can detect some sense of spirits as this brew makes no attempt to conceal its almost 11% ABV. Notes of leather, peat, and brandy make themselves known in the finish.

Again, the alcohol stands out in the mouthfeel, but it is still quite smooth and warms nicely to cap a unique beer.

While the alcohol plays too prominent a role, it should not deter one from trying this wheat wine. Smuttynose's offering is less complex than anticipated, but there is enough here to promote good conversation.

Typically, I have found the label artwork to have little in common with the beer. However, in this case, one can judge a book by its cover.

Date consumed: 4 July 2008

SLeffler27, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of Pencible
4.78/5  rDev +24.5%

This poured a beautiful dark, clear cherrywood color, with a bit of light tan head. It smelled very complex, like caramelized sugar and honeysuckle, sour cherry and raisin, cereal wheat, alcohol, and a bit of cinnamon and oak and molasses. It tasted complex too, like fresh caramel and raisin and sour cherry, with fig and subdued copper hops, as well as cultured yeast and alcohol. It was thick with no carbonation, and had a lasting sour and sweet aftertaste. I wasn't sure what to expect with this beer, but it was delicious. It seemed like it was already aged, but I'm not sure. Overall it was very well balanced and blended a million different flavors amazingly well. It had great body, and the noticeable alcohol seemed fitting for how big this beer is. It was so tasty, it remained very easy to drink, and highly rewarding to sip. Fantastic.

Pencible, Jan 06, 2009
Photo of CoolJosh
3.18/5  rDev -17.2%

A cranberry red-orange, with some golden features. Pours a head that disappears quickly.

In the nose tons of great caramel and toffee, a slight smokiness probably coming from dry red grapes

Very smooth to start, followed by rough tastes caramel,and harsh toffee notes and then the heat kicks in with a cheap vodka like taste that creeps down your throat throughout the swallow. Very sweet, semi-watery.

CoolJosh, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of JayNH
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%

A- pours a redish brown with a short lived small frothy head.

S- a strong presence of alcohol fills the nose. Followed by citrusy hops then slightly sweet maybe raisins and sour apples.

T- syrupy sweet, but tart and sour. Alcohol and finishes with a mild grassy hop taste. Like raw broccoli.

M- Thick, slick, and boozy. Mucho alcohol warming. Pretty decent amount of carbonation.

D- Drinking this stuff will put hair on your chest. Syrupy, sour with a stiff alcohol taste. This stuff would be a serious "acquired taste". One was more than enough for me.

JayNH, Dec 26, 2008
Photo of Mit
2.88/5  rDev -25%

Appearance was a nice brownish red. Very thick pouring almost syrupy.

Smell was very sweet and the alcohol was very prevalant.

First taste very sweet with slight fruit notes (figs came to mind) that are quickly overwhelmed by the alcohol bitterness.

Mouthfeel was very thick and it burned from the alcohol.

Drinkability....well it was neat to try one but a little overwhelming. As with some extreme/high abv beers it's drinkability is IMO lowered. I could have used like half the portion they gave me....that bottle is huge.

Definitaly worth a try and may be more palatable to those who fancy themselves as Barleywine afficionados(sp). For myself who is much more into the bitter beers it was a little much and I probably won't buy it again.

Mit, Dec 21, 2008
Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +4.2%

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a mahogany color and a slightly cloudy consistency. There wasn't much head, but there was good lacing.

S: Smelled of malt, a sugary element and alcohol.

T: Tasted of roasted malt, caramel and alcohol. You could really tell this had a 10.70% ABV. Not very well masked.

M: A fairly high rate of carbonation and a smooth finish. Full-bodied.

D: While this is a well made beer, it's not my favorite. Still outside of the alcohol, the taste is very well done.

avalon07, Dec 15, 2008
Photo of LennyV
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%

Purchased a growler at Half-time.

Pours a dark mahogany in to my La Fin Du Monde tulip. Small half finger head no lacing.

Smells of malt and alcohol.

Tastes just as it smells. This brew begins with the malt and finishes with a warming alcohol. The alcohol is not well masked.

Feels outstanding in the mouth, medium to full body and perfectly carbonated.

This brew kicks ass at nearly 12% abv. (I know that it says 10.4% above but it is now 11.4% as per Half-time)

So as far as drinkability you can get messed up pretty quick drinking this brew. It is not as smooth as other 10+ abv beers I have had but, I found it easier to drink as the night went on.

LennyV, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

So I really love Barley Wines. And I really love Wheat Beers. Oh yeah, and Smuttynose is one of my favorite breweries. How could I go wrong?

A- Dark ruby brown colored liquid filled my glass. Thick creamy off white head. Nice lacing. Dark but shiny beer.

S- Smell was malty and sweet with a lot of alcohol up front. Caramel sweet goodness and a hint of bitter hops.

T- Yes. I love this. Roasted caramel malts, hops, wheat, dried fruits, all wrapped into one. What?? Yes. This works. This is VERY good. Sweet and smooth up front, hop bitter bite at the end. Nicely done, nicely done. I love this style apparently.

M- Rich, syrupy, sticky, and somewhat creamy. Very filling but so tasty.

D- I drank this with pure ease just because the flavors were so great. Smuttynose has a big winner here. I need to seek out more wheat wines. This one is awesome.

DavidSeanNJ, Dec 02, 2008
Photo of HeyItsChili
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%

A - Smuttynose Wheat Wine pours a smoky amber color with very little khaki colored head

S - Smells like wheat, alcohol, caramel, strong and sweet

T - This beer packs a punch. It tastes of alcohol, toffee, malt, and a little bit of fruit.

M - Smooth, little carbonation, creamy but not too thick.

D - I enjoyed a 750 ml bottle of this, and that was enough of this stout brew to satisfy and make me warm and fuzzy inside.

This is a solid beer in the genre, but not the best of the bunch.

HeyItsChili, Nov 29, 2008
Smuttynose Wheat Wine (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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